October 16, 2021
A mother left her toddler with a stranger at a hospital, who turned out to be an off-duty police officer. The cop was reportedly attending to a family matter when an unknown lady approached him with her child and then disappeared.
We come across numerous cases of people going missing on a daily basis. However, nothing can be as devastating as being abandoned by your family, especially parents purposely leaving their kids and vice versa.
Something similar came to pass in Miami when police officers found a young girl who was dropped off near the Mercy Hospital complex by her mother, who vanished soon afterward.
The Miami Police were quick to share a tweet regarding the incident on October 12, 2021, in hopes that someone might help in getting the child back to her family. A Miami Police spokesperson, Kenia Fallat revealed what actually happened:
“One of our Miami Police officers was in plain clothes attending to a family matter at a nearby hospital when he was approached by an unknown woman who had a toddler in hand."
Apparently, the woman had asked the officer to look after the girl while she was in the restroom but never came back. The same cop even tried looking for her, but she disappeared without leaving a trace.
Fallat expressed that the toddler was fortunate enough to land in the hands of a police officer because her life could have been jeopardized given the actions of her mother. He also added:
“He [the plain-clothed cop] went into officer mode, waiting for this unknown woman to come out of the actual restroom and she just vanished (sic)."
According to Miami police, the 2-year-old girl was examined by the medical staff and appeared to be in good health. She had temporarily been placed in the care of DCF, the Department of Children and Families.
The Miami Police shared they've been looking for the girl's mother and other family members. Fallat also said:
“We need to locate mom. We need to locate anyone, perhaps the woman who dropped her off, what was the person’s mental state? Why she did this? There’s a lot that we still don’t know (sic).”
The tweet shared by the Miami police contained a picture of the little girl wearing a pink t-shirt and holding a white teddy bear in her hands.
As of October 13, 2021, the Miami police officers said they finally arrested the woman who abandoned the little girl at the Mercy Hospital. The woman has been identified as 33-year-old Carolina Vizcarra.
According to the Miami police, Vizcarra had contacted a detective on the evening of October 12, saying she was looking for her daughter and providing a description for her clothing. Her details matched with the description of the BOLO issued by the police.
Soon afterward, she was taken into custody on charges of child abandonment. She then appeared in bond court on October 13 and said she was battling homelessness and was in touch with her domestic violence advocate to help her in the matter.
Her bond was set at $5,000, and the judge released her on the grounds that she would be accommodated in a facility that would help her find housing.
Vizcarra's daughter has been given into the care of her stepmom and half-siblings, who attended the court hearing virtually.
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